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Posted by Vapor Trails | Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:35 AM | 10,231 Views
I have started a thread on this bird that can be found here:

What started out as an Addiction X, is in the process of receiving lights. When it is all said and done, there will be exactly 501 LEDs on board.

I may add an additional 27 to cover the LG and canopy, but most likely, I will not be that ambitious

Covering will be all white, with red bottom
Posted by Vapor Trails | Sep 13, 2011 @ 02:36 PM | 8,791 Views
My friend Mark hosted about 30 pilots at his farm for a memorial fun-fly on 9.11.

Here are a few pics my friend WebDr took of my Sundowner 50 and of my Windrider 48" Ele-Bee wing.

Thanks for hosting Mark; I really appreciate you and Judy opening your home to all of us!

Thanks for the photos Matt Fantastic shots as always!
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Posted by Vapor Trails | Jul 19, 2011 @ 05:17 PM | 11,520 Views
it is my opinion, that this edra fellow has poor character and is not to be trusted in any type of transaction. Personally, i will never buy anything from him
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:46 PM | 9,027 Views
Grateful Dead King Bee Honolulu Civic Auditorium 1-24-70 (6 min 32 sec)

The 100"ws Windrider Queen Bee with 70mm SAPAC EDF power system

more/better pics to come
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jun 10, 2011 @ 11:28 PM | 9,231 Views
This makes me proud to fly PA:

Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to the RC Mafia. Do you know what I'm talking about?

The RC Madtricks (22 min 44 sec)

Posted by Vapor Trails | May 18, 2011 @ 04:11 PM | 9,756 Views
My buddy RPStar just got back from Nall with the following pictures; can anyone out there in RC land tell me who the owner/builder of this plane is?

I would love to know if they reside in Georgia and I would like to discuss hiring them to recover one of my planes...check out this fantastic piece of art:...Continue Reading
Posted by Vapor Trails | May 11, 2011 @ 02:28 PM | 9,099 Views
I havent posted in a while so thought I would share a few of my favorite photos.

I do a lot of flying with WebDr, and big thanks to him for always taking such fantastic shots!!

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Posted by Vapor Trails | Feb 28, 2011 @ 02:28 PM | 9,292 Views
Aight Fellas, here is the story:

There is a great group of pilots that have secured an excellent indoor venue for this winter's season in the Greater Atlanta Area. Unfortunately, as temps have risen over the last several weeks, we have seen a large decline in pilots attending our events.

I strongly encourage anyone that is even remotely interested in indoor flying in GA to come check us out...

if we do not get about 5-10 more pilots soon, we will loose our gym

So in a last ditch effort, I am posting here in my blog in the hopes that some new folks may read this in the blog section and join us if interested.

Whose game for some indoor flying? Details can be found here:
Posted by Vapor Trails | Feb 13, 2011 @ 09:02 PM | 9,466 Views
One of the Atlanta's finest caught me in a speed trap today...

I got a ticket for doing 75 mph in a 15 mph zone
...and for not coming to a complete stop at the intersection
Posted by Vapor Trails | Feb 01, 2011 @ 11:52 AM | 8,690 Views
The new Super Duo charger...
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jan 22, 2011 @ 12:33 PM | 15,911 Views
New Super Duo Charger!

I am hoping this will last me many years... at least until the technology changes

It came with 4 balancing adapter boards for 2-7s batteries, 2 sets of battery charge leads (one set for output 1 and one set for output 2), all appropriate cables, leads and USB for the computer monitoring and loging to be used with the free program that is available for download at

I will add, it came with simple but thorough instructions and great flow charts to help navigate through menus. I will post more later, at this point I have not even put power through it yet!
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 20, 2010 @ 02:40 PM | 8,856 Views
This is a shot of my hangar, it shows most of the fleet:

From left to right-
Precision Aerobatics Addixtion X
E-flite Diamante
Precision Aerobatics Katana MD
Mini Swift Wing (above Katana MD)
Parkzone P-51 Mustang BL
Cermark Lil Banshee
Hobby Lobby F-16 Tiger Falcon "Super Scale"
Parkzone Trojan T-28
Windrider 48" Bee Wing (black wing behind Lil Banshee, F-16 and the Trojan)

Not Pictured:
Fancy Foam Fenix
Millenium RC Micro SSX Bipe
E-Flite UMX Beast
GWS E-starter

en Route:
Micro DH-2 kit
Stevens Aero Micro Pylon racer

On the bench:
Beam E4 CP Heli
Fancy Foam MX-2
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 08, 2010 @ 11:34 PM | 9,782 Views
RAYDIOWARM came in today

Will report back later this week but first impressions are great. This is tough, durable, fleece lined, large enough for the 11x, elastic cuffs, integrated neck and waist straps, with very ridged base and sidewalls.
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 06, 2010 @ 11:18 AM | 8,472 Views

Big thanks to all the service men and women; luckily, many of them have been able to maintain their sence of humor while overseas!

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Posted by Vapor Trails | Nov 04, 2010 @ 09:45 PM | 8,278 Views
Did not get much done tonight... cut all necessary openings in the covering for servos, aileron leads, horizontal stabilizer and elevator, and air exit hole on the bottom of tail. I sealed all openings with a sealing iron and I put threadloc on the LG and installed wheelpants.

I also bought four HS-82mg servos and they are a drop in fit. I have large CF servo arms that I plan on using on all surfaces. Rudder will be pull-pull but I am not sure where I will be mounting it. There are three options, in the tail and set up as push-pull, mid fuse in the center for pull-pull, or a third option under the motor box is also for pull-pull.

Also, I thought I would note I have made some simple changes to the Addiction-X on the Real Flight g5.5 sim. I moved battery forward to y=1.1. I also changed battery to a 3s 2200 from a 5s 2500. It still has gobs of power, hovers as easy as before, but the change in CG has tremendously improved level flight, both upright and inverted and makes landing far easier a task to do without stalling...

Anyway, more pics to come; I hope to make some real progress in the next few days. I do not want to seal aileron hinges yet until I get electronics installed and programmed. I want to be sure I have 100% full throws before I seal them up.

Until next time,

Posted by Vapor Trails | Nov 03, 2010 @ 01:15 PM | 8,691 Views
Last night I was able to install landing gear, and hinged the control surfaces on the ailerons and elevator. I have not CA'd the hinges to the wings or horizontal stabilizer yet, but hope to complete the hinges this evening...
Posted by Vapor Trails | Nov 02, 2010 @ 04:56 PM | 9,828 Views
Well, I have not had a post in a while so I thought I would document this Addiction X's build...

It arrived today, with everything securely packaged and double boxed it arrived safely. A closer inspection revealed no warps in the wood or damaged parts so I did an inventory check and read the manual. I started by hinging the ailerons. While I can clearly see where the hinge slots are underneath the covering, none of them were of sufficient size so they were enlarged with a new x-acto blade. I took my time here, not wanting to break a rib or an aileron...

I will put up some more pics and my build as it goes. I'd like to finish hinging ailerons and elevator tonight. Tomorrow, I plan on cutting the necessary holes in the covering, installing landing gear and hinging rudder.